MEET OUR STAFF
Our professionally trained teachers offer quality, educational classes. All instructors are caring, energetic and well qualified with a commitment to their continued education.
Sheila Trost is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for the Nationally and World ranked Energizers Dance Team. She is an accomplished dance instructor, judge, coach and award winning choreographer who has instructed all ages in pom, jazz, hip hop, kick and studio dance for the past 25 years. Known for her unique style and entertaining choreography, Sheila has choreographed National and World ranked routines. Sheila is a member of the National Education Association, WACPC, & USASF. She is certified as a USASF Safety Judge, and is a member of the Rules Committee, Regional, National and Worlds Advisory Board.
Sheila has won numerous awards for her talents as a coach and choreographer including National Coach of the Year and Director of the Year by Dance Spirit. In 2015, she was awarded the USASF Dance Coach of the Year. Sheila continues to serve as a certified adjudicator for events across the country.
Sheila holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education. In addition, she has studied leadership and administration. Sheila continues her education by attending conferences, seminars and workshops in the dance industry. Her accomplished dance students have received numerous scholarships, perform with college dance programs around the nation, and are dancing professionally. Her alumni, faculty, and family are a continuous source of inspiration as she strives for excellence in and out of the classroom. Sheila has been teaching children for over twenty five years and her passion and enthusiasm for creating life long learners is evident in her classroom. She is a very energetic, positive and motivating teacher who sets her expectations high for every student.
Jim Trost is the co-owner of the Dream Center and a high school special education teacher. He is a national dance adjudicator, conditioning and strength coach for the Energizers Dance Team, and the Business Manager at the Dream Center. He earned his MBA in Special Education and his BS in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Jim has been involved in the dance industry for over 20 years. In 2011, he was honored with the Dance Legacy award and was named as the 2010 UPA coach of the year. In addition to owning the Dream Center, he has been a head football coach for more than twenty years. Jim appreciates the athleticism and discipline that dance embodies, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Dream Center and the Energizers Dance Team.
Alexis is a coach, choreographer, and co-artistic director for the Energizers Dance Team. Alexis graduated through the Energizer program and was a captain on multiple World Champion teams. In her senior season, she was honored as the 2014 USASF Gold Scholarship Winner and was the first dancer to ever win this top honor. Alexis was also selected to be a member of the inaugural USASF Class of Young Leaders in 2015. Alexis is USASF certified, serves as a member of USASF’s Regional Advisory Board, and is actively involved in many USASF initiatives. Alexis has has over 10 years of experience instructing all ages in pom, kick, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and studio dance. She has earned numerous National and World Titles as a coach, choreographer, and dancer, including 6 Gold World Championships.
Alexis earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education and was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. In addition, Alexis is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School. Alexis loves learning and attends numerous workshops and conferences throughout the year in the education field and dance industry.
Alexis is a very passionate, enthusiastic, determined, and motivated educator and coach who believes in fostering an environment in which every student can reach her or his greatest potential.
Sarah Zeisser is the former coach of the nationally ranked University of Wisconsin Dance Team and a former member of the nationally ranked University of Minnesota Dance Team. Sarah acts as a choreographer and consultant for studio-based, elementary, high school, all-star and collegiate dance teams across the Midwest. Sarah is also a former instructor and choreographer for Universal Dance Association, and is a veteran judge for the National College Dance Team Championships and National High School Dance Team Championships hosted by UCA/UDA and televised on ESPN.
Sarah is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Sarah has also provided commentary for the Wisconsin State Dance Team Competition with “When We Were Young” Productions and Fox Sports Wisconsin. Sarah possesses over 30 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and pom pom.
When Sarah is not teaching dance, she works as a registered nurse for St. Mary’s/Dean Venture Digestive Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.